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Saturday, April 27 Is Drug Take-Back Day

PillsSaturday, April 27 is National Pharmaceutical Take-Back Day. The day highlights the critical need for ongoing and sustainable safe drug disposal programs.

Learn where you can take your old prescription medicine. It’s just a click away.

Why Take Back Your Meds?

Safe disposal reduces medicines in the environment. Large amounts of powerful medicines go unused or expire and the way we dispose of them makes a difference for our waters and our environment. For years, the advice was to flush our drugs or mix them with kitty litter and throw them in the garbage. Flushing drugs sends them directly into our waters, harming the environment.  Drugs thrown in the garbage are available for others to take and use, and can still get into the environment.  Returning medicines to a take-back program is the only environmentally sound method for disposing of unused medicines.

Other reasons

Safe disposal reduces drug abuse.

Safe disposal reduces accidental poisonings.

Learn what health organizations, police, drugstores, local governments, environmental groups, and others in Washington State are doing to confront this problem.